Norfolk wants you to come visit…and eat

As the hundreds of independent restaurants, breweries and distilleries in Norfolk, Virginia navigate through the devastating economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s tourism office VisitNorfolk has launched City With Bite, an innovative campaign intended to raise awareness for the city’s renowned, yet relatively undiscovered culinary scene–and to tempt your taste buds for a visit.

Folks interested in visiting Norfolk can explore a series of videos with the stories, characters and the food that gives Norfolk its one-of-a-kind flavor. From tiki-inspired cocktails to a quintessential mom and pop sub shop, elevated menus to low and slow barbeque, viewers are invited to uncover the tales behind some of the city’s most interesting dishes.

Each video is approximately four to five minutes in length and are being released on a bi-weekly schedule for an initial eight-episode run. The campaign can be found on The first episode features Oceanview-favorite My Mama’s Kitchen.

“Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, we invite everyone to enjoy the episodes and discover one of the many things that makes Norfolk so special,” said VisitNorfolk President and CEO Kurt Krause.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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